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Local Blue Mountains general practices join the fight against COVID-19

This week, general practices in the Nepean Blue Mountains region start the staged roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations under Phase 1b of the Federal Government’s Vaccination Roll-out Strategy.

Wentworth Healthcare, the provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network, has been working closely with the Department of Health to support local healthcare providers to prepare for the roll-out, which will take a staged approach over the next four weeks.

Phase 1b includes vulnerable groups, such as older people aged over 70, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples aged over 55, critical and high risk workers including healthcare, defence, police, fire, emergency services, meat processing and people with certain underlying medical conditions.
Wentworth Healthcare CEO, Lizz Reay said, “We are proud that so many general practices in our region have agreed to be COVID-19 vaccine providers and that they are rising to the many challenges of this unprecedented national roll-out.”

“We have 13 practices in the Nepean Blue Mountains commencing vaccinations next week with four of these available in Blue Mountains including Winmalee Medical Centre, Blackheath Family Medical Centre, Lower Mountains Family Practice and Upper Mountains Medical Centre. Approximately 70 more practices coming online across the region within the next four weeks. Given the gradual upscaling of practices in the region, and the current limited supply of vaccines nationally, not everyone will be able to secure an appointment in the first few weeks,” she said.

“We ask the community to be patient with practices, and particularly practice staff, when trying to book an appointment. There will be more opportunities for vaccination as more GPs gradually come on board. The Federal Government has committed to making sure that every Australian who wants a vaccine, will be able to be vaccinated,” said Ms Reay.

In addition to general practices, the region’s three GP lead COVID-19 Respiratory Clinics, that have been conducting testing over the past year, will also be offering vaccinations. The Hazelbrook Respiratory Clinic, located at Hazelbrook General Practice, 9 Rosedale Avenue, and run by Hazelbrook General Practice, is commencing vaccinations on Monday 29 March.

The Hazelbrook Respiratory Clinic will be offering COVID-191 vaccinations each morning from 8.30am- 12.30pm and COVID-19 testing and assessment each afternoon from 1.30pm -5.30pm.
All bookings for both testing and vaccination should be made online. For testing via HotDoc via and for vaccination via the Eligibility Checker.

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